Djibouti (Republic of)

History of Relations| Diplomatic Representation | Travel Info | Health Requirements | Climate Info | Currency Info | Trade Statistics | Visits and Meetings | Agreements | Interest Groups/ Organisations

History of Relations

Djibouti gained Independence in 1977. South Africa and the Republic of Djibouti established diplomatic relations in 1994. The First South African non-resident Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Djibouti, Ambassador Welile Nhlapo, resident in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, presented his credentials to President Hassan Gouled Aptidon on 1 December 1997. The current South African non-resident Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Djibouti is Ambassador B Sangqu.

Diplomatic Representation

South African Representation in Djibouti

The South African Embassy in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia is responsible for Djibouti.

H E Mr E X Makaya
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary

South African Embassy

Djiboutian Representation in South Africa

H E Mr A H Abdillahi
Ambassador Extraordinary & Plenipotentiary, with residence in Nairobi

The Honourary Consulate of Djibouti to South Africa, was opened in 2001 comprising the Honourary Consul, Mr Ivor Ichikowitz. South Africa gave agrément to Djiboutian Ambassador, Mr Ahmed Issa Gabobe as Djiboutian non-resident Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to South Africa in 1998, but he has not yet presented his credentials.

Travel Info

Visa requirements for South Africans

For more information contact Embassy in Addis Ababa.

Health requirements

Immunisation against hepatitis A and hepatitis B and yellow fever is required.

For further information go to Travelers' Health.


Djibouti is extremely hot and humid in summer and has a hot winter session with little rainfall. Temperatures from April to September can range from 43 to 45 degrees Celcius while the winter temperatures range from 25 degrees.

For up-to-date weather information click here.


The monetary unit is the Djibouti Franc.

For current exchange rates click here.

State and Official Visits / Bilateral Meetings

No Information

Bilateral Agreements

If you have any queries with regard to treaties please contact the Treaty Section of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) at 012 351 1000.

Trade Statistics

For current information on trade statistics between South Africa and Djibouti, visit the website of the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition of South Africa.

Interest Groups and Information

Two coalition parties took part in the 2003 legislative elections, the Union for the Presidential Majority (UMP) and the Union pour l'alternance démocratique. The UMP attained 62.7% of the votes cast and obtained all the seats in the 65 seat National Assembly. The UMP coalition comprises the Rassemblement Populaire pour le Progres (RPP), the Front pour la Restauration de l'Unite et de la Democratie (FRUD), Parti National Democratique (PND) and the Social Democratic People's Party (PPSD).

The headquarters of the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) is in Djibouti. Other members of IGAD include: Kenya, Uganda, Sudan, Ethiopia and Eritrea.


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